Dec 3, 2012 3:00pm EST
. >>> an improving economy and superstorm sandy turn out to be a boone for the automakers. >> one automaker did not beat expectations in terms of november auto sales. the automaker who fell short of estimates was general matter, an increase of 3.4%. 2% below what the street was expecting. some important stories that came out today from the auto industry. let's start with ford. 6.5% increase. the company today raising its production in north america for the first quarter by 11% up to 750,000. the most they have produced in the first quarter since 2006. general motors may cut production of its truckline because of bloated inventory. they're at 139 day supply. you want that down around 85 day supply. bmw and mini are on track to post best u.s. sales ever. today they increased 39% for the month of november. shares of automakers, despite positive news from ford, they were all down today. so, that's the latest with the automakers. by the way, we're expecting the monthly sales pace to come in above $15 million. we'll get that number here shortly. >> interesting story there. a lot of numbers moving up.